Sarah Derrick

Reflecting on the Culture of Research and its Implications of Ethical Research

The particular case of research misconduct that I examined was Deepti Malhotra from John Hopkins. Malhotra fabricated the data that was used for her dissertation and four published articles. The results of this case were that she has voluntarily agreed…

Higher Education Institutions Systems of Support for Student Mental Health

In writing this blog post I wanted to talk about living with high functioning social anxiety and being in graduate school. While I was thinking about this particular post, I was reminded of an assignment I completed in one of my fall classes. We were a…

Why Go To Grad School?

 I have been asked by many of my friends: why did you choose to go to grad school right after college? For me the answer was easy: I wanted my career to be teaching college students so it meant I had to earn a PhD. While this was my surface-level …

Explaining the Importance of Academic Work to Those Outside of Academia

As a freshman in college, I realized I wanted to be a professor which meant I would need to go on to get my masters and PhD in my research field. In deciding this, I knew there would be challenges in convincing my family this was a good idea. When I o…

The Importance of Being Teachable in Finding Mentors

All the advice I was given before coming to graduate school was to find a good mentor; that your mentors will make your experience in academia. While I understood the importance of finding a good mentor, it wasn’t until I actually started my master’s p…

Thoughts On Higher Education’s Current Business Model

Since I was in high school I have always asked the question: why did the United States choose to stop making education a public good at the high school level? The historical rationale that I have been given as an answer to this question is that a high …

On Integrating Technology into the Classroom

There are many entrenched camps around whether or not technology should be welcomed into the college classroom. There are people who perpetuate the ideals of keeping technology out of the classroom entirely – believing that technology will lead to dist…

Frontiers in Communication Open Access Journal: Further Equipping Policy Makers and Publics with Research

Research equips people with a deeper understanding of the world around them. In social sciences and humanities one of the goals is to better understand the social world around us. The research produced in our field, specifically in the communication di…

How University Mission Statements Establishes College Community

If you scroll through any higher education institution website you are bound to find a section that posits their mission statement or vision statement. These messages are intended to instill in the reader an understanding of what the university stands …